By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun
State, Mr. Segun Agbaje on Friday said the September 22nd governorship election in the state would serve as a mirror for 2019 general election by being free, fair and acceptable.
Featuring on a radio program in Osogbo monitored by the New Nigerian, the Osun REC declared that INEC is set to ensure free, fair and credible election in Osun state with the help of good will of the state and security personnel.
Mr Agbaje emphasized the need for the politicians in and across Osun State to allow peace to reign before, during and after the September 22, election by teaming up with the INEC for the conduct of smooth and credible election.
Speaking further, the Osun INEC REC advised political parties wishing to participate in the September 22 governorship election to start educating the electorates on how to vote especially during their electioneering campaign to reduce void ballot in September this year’s election.
Mr Agbaje maintained that to ensure free, fair and credible governorship election in Osun state, all the political parties contesting the election should submit the names of credible party agents on time so as to avoid illegality during the collation of the result.
On the issue of security, the REC said “the police, DSS, would beef up security because INEC can not do it alone and to make sure that our people are able to come out and vote without fear, That is why there is going to be consolidate agent, itv is going to be there that will lead by the commissioner of police. To have peace and when we have peace during the election we could have peace after.”
“The people can record election process because it is transparent process INEC have nothing to hide but the only thing that is not allowed is to carry camera near the voter to cover who is voting for, it cannot be allowed, it is an offence”
He stressed that ” commencement of campaign would start on June 23rd while the conduct of primary election is between 24th of June and 24th July 2018.
“The submission of form of political party will be from 24th July, withdraw of candidate and late day of submission of forms of candidates August 2nd 2018 as it is contained in the INEC act of the federal republic of Nigeria and submission names of the party agent at the local government is September 7th.”